The Birds

The Birds (1963)

546 mistakes

Continuity mistake: As Melanie and Mitch walk up the hill behind his house Bodega Bay is at very low tide with a lot of sand bars showing. When they get to the top of the hill it's high tide.

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Continuity mistake: During the party as they walk up Mitch's hill Melanie has two swizzle sticks in her glass that switch to her left hand as they get to the top of hill.

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Audio problem: As Annie says to the students, "All right children now quiet," her lips do not match what she says. This continues before she says, "Miss Daniels" and her lips move and nothing comes out.

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Continuity mistake: As they get to the restaurant door, Melanie is to the right of Mitch, but in the next shot inside the restaurant she walks around him again to get on his right side.

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Continuity mistake: The windshield of a blue and white car that crashes into a stop sign gets broken on the left side. In the next shot as Melanie looks at it up close from the phone booth it's not broken.

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Revealing mistake: In two of the shots inside the cream colored car right after Melanie blows the horn either wires or a visual artifact from the superimposing process distinctly appear outside of the rear right window.

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Continuity mistake: Walking up the hill both sides of Melanie's collar are turned up by the wind. In the next shot at the top of the hill her collar is turned down.

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Continuity mistake: In her room Melanie walks past a mirror that shows a reflection of the blanket on her bed. After she looks out the window at the pick-up truck she walks back and the lighting on the bed is turned off and the reflection is now dark. But if you look closely it's not dark enough to tell the bed has now been made up.

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Continuity mistake: When Melanie looks out the window to see the gas station attendant attacked by the birds the coat hanger that was there earlier in the scene, next to the window, is gone.

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Continuity mistake: As Mitch starts to run out of the restaurant the angle of the drapes to the left of the old drunk at the bar changes between shots. At first it's spread out more at the bottom, then up close it hangs straight down.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie parks in front of the school there's a big hunk of black tar on the rear quarter panel of her car behind the tire, that wasn't there in the previous shot.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie returns to Annie's house the sun is shining brightly overhead and not casting any shadows onto the front door. In the next shot as she rings the doorbell there are two distinct shadows of her on the house, one to her left and one to her right.

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Continuity mistake: When we see Mitch's red barn up close the sun is not shining and there are clouds behind it. The next time we see it a few seconds later it's a bright sunshiny day with a blue sky behind it.

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Continuity mistake: As Lydia walks into Mr. Faucet's room her shadow from the window in front of her falls on the wall to the right of the hallway. In the next shot looking at her coming through the door there's no shadow on the wall.

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Continuity mistake: As they go up to the restaurant to get help Melanie says, "I had a booster before I went abroad last May" and the background changes abruptly between shots.

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Continuity mistake: As Melanie approaches Mitch's dock, a yellow pole extends from the far left side of the dock to the brown pail in the front of the dock. In the next shot, as she walks on the dock, the pole is gone.

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Continuity mistake: How does Tippi Hedren (Melanie), every time she is attacked by birds, manage to get to a top-notch hairdresser before the next scene? Melanie's hair changes many times in consecutive shots throughout the film.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene with the policeman, Melanie suggests that she should stay for the night. Look closely at the mantle above the fireplace to in the right of the picture there is a jar with something sticking out of it. In the previous shot this jar is empty.

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Continuity mistake: As they look across the bay at Mitch's house, the store manager changes position between shots. He moves closer to Melanie as he asks her if she wants him to order a boat for her.

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Audio problem: After Annie tells the students about the fire drill, their lips, especially those of the girl in the front, are not in sync with what they're saying.

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